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Head coach of South African league side, Kaizer Chiefs, Ernst Middendorp has hailed Super Eagles goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi for his heroics against Orlando Pirates during the Soweto derby. A number of great saves from the Nigerian shot-stopper helped the Amakhosi earn a vital win over the Pirates. Akpeyi was subject to many critics prior to the derby owing to his mistakes against Maritzburg United few weeks back, but the Nigerian did not hesitate to prove his critics wrong during the much talked about clash. His heroics between the sticks earned him man of the match to the delight of the Amakhosi fans who had to depend on Akpeyi to leave the stadium happy.

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We have seen a great performance from Daniel Akpeyi over months. It’s unbelievable character…If you come into a club where first choice is being injured at that time and now coming back at any time you get pressurised… ‘another one should play, another one should play’…It’s an incredible performance under these circumstances, what we see week in and week out from Daniel Akpeyi

Ernst Middendorp

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Akpeyi’s recent form is surely good news to Super Eagles chief coach, Gernot Rohr, ahead of Nigeria’s crucial AFCON 2021 qualifiers match against Sierra Leone later this month.


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This article was first published on 3rd March 2020


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